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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Aug 12, 2011 8:16am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Keith's impact on the GD

I thought the addition of a piano into the soundscape was as big a change as the person playing it.Having that bright,distinct sound added to the mix gave the music a more deliberate feel,less of that swirly,organ based wash of sound.It impacted all the styles the band played in,to the ballads such as Brokedown and Comes a Time it added a delicate accent that seemed to frame Jerry's voice and flesh out the song,on the rockers it ratcheted up that stompin' vibe and gave the songs another layer besides the 3 guitars,on the country stuff it lent a bounce and expansive sense that just made it more country.For the more complex,exploratory side of the bands catalog it just blew things wide open and completely changed the sound of the edgier music,the piano was every bit as psychedelic as the organ,but sonically very different,it forced the musicians to relate differently to create that trippy vibe without that sort of organ backbone.